History of NASCAR same-day tripleheaders
By Staff Report | Sunday, June 28, 2020
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All three of NASCAR's national series are on display in Sunday's tripleheader at Pocono Raceway. This is the fifth time in history NASCAR will have a tripleheader on the same day, but it's the first time it will all take place at the same track. Scroll through to see the other times when three was a "magic number" for race day.
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Oct. 14, 1951: The South, Northeast and West Coast were all sites for NASCAR Cup Series races on this day. Frank Mundy bested Lee Petty at Martinsville Speedway (pictured). Across the country, in Oakland, California, Marvin Burke notched his only Cup Series win. And at Pine Grove Speedway in Shippenville, Pennsylvania, Tim Flock took home top honors.
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May 21, 1961: At Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Cup Series held two qualifying races and the World 600. David Pearson (pictured) beat out Fireball Roberts for the 600 crown-jewel victory after Richard Petty and Joe Weatherly won the qualifying races. Meanwhile, Lloyd Dane won at Riverside International Raceway on the same day in the California road course's second-ever Cup Series event.
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May 10, 1997: Mark Martin beat Dale Earnhardt at Talladega Superspeedway by .146 seconds to win the Winston 500. At New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Mike McLaughlin won in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. And in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, Rich Bickle beat Jack Sprague by .319 seconds at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington.
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Oct. 11, 2003: Tony Stewart beat Ryan Newman by .608 seconds in the Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Greg Biffle won the Xfinity Series race at Charlotte that day. The Gander Trucks were at Texas Motor Speedway, where Brendan Gaughan was victorious.